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New thinking on nukes

Cold warriors like Henry Kissinger are now pushing for a nuclear weapons-free world. Shouldn't Gordon Brown?

By Ian Kearns   December 2007

Recent discussion on nuclear weapons policy in Britain has been dominated by two debates. The first, centred on Iran and North Korea, has focused on how best to prevent these states from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability. The second, centred on the decision to renew Trident, has been a replay of old and familiar arguments from the 1980s between believers in nuclear deterrence on one hand and advocates of unilateral disarmament on the other. These debates have combined to obscure an important third development: a paradigm shift in thinking about nuclear weapons policy among some of the world’s leading nuclear…

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